Matthew Roy Arnold’s Installation ‘Tower’

MotorMouth peer crit ‘special’. Led by invited artist Jason Brown
A lively discussion in a seance like, Encounters of the Third Kind atmosphere took place around Matt’s sculpture ‘Tower’ in the gallery at Motorcade FlashParade last night. Come along to the official opening tonight and be transported to another world!
 

Still from the performance piece ‘Honey Pie’ by Verity Combe http://parayah.blogspot.com/

Still from the performance piece ‘Honey Pie’ by Verity Combe http://parayah.blogspot.com/

Verity Combe

HONEY PIE by Verity Combe is a visually stunning 15-minute study of the nude portrait. It both examines and successfully presents ways in which women can take control of the ways others witness their bodies.  

“An excellent example of female subjectivity in performance” Lois Weaver

“This is the most powerful presentation of the physical sensual that I’ve seen live. It’s very transcendent. You’ll get past that level of resistance within the first minute of the piece and I guarantee you’ll get to experience something in consciousness that’s very rare.” Mary Bluestocking

The performance begins with still and arresting very slight shifts in posture that sharply outline the proposal of the piece by instructing the viewer on how to look. An internal stillness throughout the visual display is essential in establishing a control over the viewers gaze. Each pose is sculptural and evokes an interesting dialogue between classical sculpture and contemporary body discourse.

Honey Pie foregrounds a powerful relationship with the performers own fleshiness, by converting the audience’s gaze into touch with a slapping action. The performers willingness to disclose herself for analysis and the strong turn of her gaze towards the audience interrogates the monstrous feminine within this classical context and explores self worth without being self-deprecating. The performance uses honey as a material that is both visually and textually pleasing and the simple aesthetic of white objects, flesh and flesh coloured honey give coherence to the piece. The climax of the piece is a solid wall of honey being poured down the back of the body. This, and the rain of honey from the hands is an exquisite moving image.

Verity Combe is a UK based performance artist and curator. Her practice is research based and process led, combining studio based research and movement exploration. Her work has been shown internationally at Summerhall, Edinburgh, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton and Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna. She uses performance as a tool to identify with such issues as conflict, oppression, gender and empowerment. Utilising the body in its most natural and open state, she teams it with raw materials such as chalk, soil and honey. Critically she is aware of the potential of performance to break down cultural codes, and her work acts as a catalyst to opening up new possibilities within a given system. She has curated for several arts organisations, most recently, Exit Art in Manhattan, NY.

http://parayah.blogspot.com/

vcdc@hotmail.co.uk

Really interesting work by an Artist I met at the Kate MccGuire talk at the RWA on weds, whilst milling around the Unnatural - Natural History Exhibition  here’s a link to her Blogspot where there are more exciting images !! http://dkcasey.blogspot.co.uk/

These are two new pieces of work by Joe Beverage 

"“MotorMouth peer crit sessions are part of the programme at Motorcade/FlashParade focussing on artist development. They offer vital opportunities to open up dialogue around an artists’ practice, broadening up the work and often providing direction for progression. For participants, it’s a great way to learn about different types of practice, contribute to the conversation and meet other artists. The sessions benefit from Poppy Pitt’s skilled critique leadership, guiding a well-rounded conversation which leads to constructive outcomes.”

Julie McCalden
Director, Motorcade/FlashParade"
Went to a talk by Kate MccGuire on weds at the RWA, loved the talk and the work here’s an image of one of her pieces!

Went to a talk by Kate MccGuire on weds at the RWA, loved the talk and the work here’s an image of one of her pieces!

This piece of work was show at MotorMouth by Joe Beverage on July 19th along with work by Lucy Odlin which you can see below

This piece of work was show at MotorMouth by Joe Beverage on July 19th along with work by Lucy Odlin which you can see below

""The Motormouth sessions have been a great place to get professional feedback. Meeting likeminded artists has helped me to understand and further my work. It has provided a much needed forum, allowing questions and open discussion. " Joe Beverage http://desktopart.tumblr.com/"
Green Light Corridor, 1970.

Green Light Corridor, 1970.